This beast of a piece of furniture belonged to my grandmother and I absolutely love it! Now that she's gone, I'm so thankful to have it, even though my husband has all but cursed it every single time we've had to move. Thank goodness it splits into two pieces or we would have been up a creek with all those moves! I will say though, as much as I love it, I've never been crazy about the oak finish or the mirrored backdrop. It was outdated, and never quite fit in with the rest of our stuff and style, but the thought of painting it was so incredibly daunting that it sat as is for 10 whole years. It was all the little window panes that really got me.
And then we moved into this house...I knew it was now or never and I just had to bite the bullet! I also knew after dreading the project for 10 whole years, I had to get it done right away or that the dread would build up again, just in a different location.
I decided to try this RePurpose Chroma Color paint by Cari Cucksey (of HGTV fame) because it was supposed to work for all surfaces, which would include the wood, the mirror, and the glass shelving. And it did! I absolutely loved working with this paint! It went on smooth, and feels silky to touch.
I did do some light sanding on the wood surfaces, even though you're supposed to be able to skip the sanding step with this product. I didn't want to take any chances with my favorite piece of furniture. I also bought another Purdy brush to help with the really thin wood separating the window panes. The 2-inch brush is my go-to for most projects, but for all that window trim I went with the 1-inch Purdy brush.
One final decision had to be made...to tape or not to tape the window panes? I decided it was a waste of time. I had just finished up painting the French doors in the dining room, and which included taping up each and every window pane. The paint did some leaking through to the glass and I ended up using a razor blade to scrape it away. So I decided to skip all that tedious taping and use the blade again at the end. That tends to be tedious as well, but I'd rather have one tedious job than two!
I had removed the brass hardware before starting the project, so I finished up by spray painting all the hardware with an oil-rubbed bronze paint.
It was the first time I had tried it, and was thrilled with the result.
Something you might need to know about me is that I'm much more of a TV person than a music person. I knock projects out so much better when I have the TV turned up loud, entertaining me with story after story while I work. So with every project I do, or room that I complete, I associate a TV show with the memory of it. I pop in one of our many DVD collections and binge-listen until I'm done. That week it was Family Ties, so the Keaton family got me through the project that haunted me for an entire decade. And because I'm a weirdo like that, I'll probably keep telling you what shows helped me with different projects.
This project was definitely a bit time consuming, but I LOVE the results! I still tell people one of the best decisions I've ever made was to get that huge undertaking done almost right away last fall. And now I couldn't love this hutch more!